Diwali devoid of fireworks is considered incomplete and we already covered with smog from all the automobile pollution, and this Diwali, the crackers will add to it.
We are sure many would raise the question why there’s an outrage, or rather a plea only during Diwali, but here are seven reasons that might just convince you to give up bursting crackers this year.
The harsh winter season has not even begun in the capital city, the air is filled with smog already and particulate matter mixed with smoke from automobiles is choking enough and during Diwali, the pollution goes up by more than 45% due to bursting of firecrackers.
2. Child Labour
The story of thousands of child labourers employed in firework factories is not unknown to you and these children working in dangerous conditions often face accidents, sometimes so serious it leaves them crippled for life. Only one way to save these children is to say no to crackers! When the demand dies, child labourer will die.
3. Fire Accidents
Fire accidents are common in cracker markets, be it in Faridabad or in Kozhikode, Kerala and a small spark is enough to set ablaze a whole region, and the accident could damage properties, and claim lives.
4. Crackers Affect New-Borns & Pregnant Women
The adverse affects of bursting crackers seem unending and many of reports says the frequent exposure to loud noises during pregnancy might affect the baby in the mother’s womb, though not proven yet. However, it surely affects the mother, she adds.
The noise from firecrackers can lead to tinnitus and might last for 24 hours or more depending on the intensity of and closeness to the firecracker sound and noise from the crackers might also stress pregnant women and prevent them from getting enough rest.
5. Other living Beings/Pets
You might be having the time of your life bursting crackers but there are other living beings around you, less privileged, lacking the ability to communicate the way you do – animals including your own pets. Dogs tend to get confused seeing the sound and light changing in their immediate surrounding and this Diwali, be their superhero.
Crackers often contain elements like copper, cadmium, sulphur, aluminium and barium to produce the vibrant colours once ignited and the harmful gases produced from the bursting of crackers, such as Nitrous Oxide, remains in the air for a long time if the city does not get enough rain or strong winds.
Inhaling the fumes emitted by firecrackers increase the chances of asthma attack among patients and heart patients and patients of chronic bronchitis and low immune system are at high risk too.
Give Up Bursting Crackers This Diwali